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The Lost Scroll of the Physician
By (author): Alisha Sevigny
9781459744295 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General Egypt Jan 25, 2020
$12.99 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.9 in | 220 gr 272 pages Dundurn
Sesha must race to find a priceless scroll before time runs out.

After a brutal fire takes their parents’ lives, Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive. Unsure of who to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, where the pharaoh tasks Sesha with finding a rare medical document her father was transcribing. But are the royals hiding something?

Befriended by a fellow scribe and a young princess, Sesha navigates palace intrigue and temple treachery while urgently seeking the valuable papyrus. For the scroll doesn’t just have the power to keep the pharaoh’s army alive and reveal the secrets around her parents’ death — it may be the only thing that can save Ky’s life.

  • The first book in a middle-grade adventure series set in Ancient Egypt, in which Sesha meets with palace intrigue and treachery in her quest to uncover a scroll for the pharaoh and to investigate her parents' tragic death
  • Strong female character holds valuable medical knowledge and becomes a scribe
  • Fascinating historical detail of Ancient Egyptian palace life and medical know-how interlaces with fast-paced adventure
  • Set during the Second Intermediate Period, one of the most obscure periods of Ancient Egyptian history and during which the country fell into disarray, an era not commonly depicted in fiction
  • The secret scroll that Sesha seeks is based on a real-life document, the Edwin Smith Medical Papyrus
  • Author has two teen novels: Summer Constellations was chosen for 2018's Best Books for Kids & Teens by Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Author residence: Toronto Author hometown: Kitimat, B.C.

Alisha Sevigny is the author of the acclaimed YA novels Summer Constellations and Kissing Frogs. The Lost Scroll of the Physician is the first book in the Secrets of the Sands series. Alisha lives in Toronto.

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A satisfying adventure for ancient Egypt’s many fans. - Kirkus Reviews

A thrilling story from start to finish. Sesha is a great character in a thrilling mystery. A mix of magic, science and with a great central character, this was a blast! - Kevin Sylvester, author of the Neil Flambé series

Snake-charmer Sesha and her younger brother Ky find themselves in a nest of vipers in this suspenseful story. Readers will love this impossible-to-put-down adventure! - Alice Kuipers, author of Me and Me

Sesha reminds me of Katniss Everdeen in her bravery and keen mind — she's a protagonist kids will be talking about long after they finish The Lost Scroll of the Physician. - Angela Misri, author of the Portia Adams Adventure series

This action-packed series brings the vibrant ancient kingdom to life in wonderful, shimmering detail. - Kate Blair, author of The Magpie’s Library

A thrilling mystery adventure with a smart and fearless girl at its centre, The Lost Scroll of the Physician is an exhilarating tale. - Meaghan McIsaac, author of Boil Line

Woven with mystery and intrigue, this middle grade tale will create a new generation of Egyptology fans! - Melanie McFarlane, author of There Once Were Stars

The lure of ancient Egypt, a plucky heroine and an exciting quest combine in an irresistible, fast-paced adventure that will draw readers in and keep them entranced until the very last page. - Joyce Grant, author of Sliding Home

The Lost Scroll of the Physician will delight middle grade readers with its history, its setting and, most of all, its gripping adventure and mystery. - CanLit for Little Canadians

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